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Bruce Jennings, M.A.

Director of Bioethics
Bruce Jennings, M.A.

Bruce Jennings is Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature where he engages in research, writing, public speaking, and consulting. He is the editor of the Center’s electronic journal, Minding Nature.

He serves as a Senior Advisor and Fellow at The Hastings Center, where he was on the research staff until 2006 when he joined the Center for Humans and Nature, and where served as Executive Director from 1991-1999. He also holds faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Public Health and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

In 2011 Mr. Jennings was named Editor-in-Chief in charge of preparing a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, the standard reference work in his field. Completed and published in 2014 this 6 volume work is entitled Bioethics, 4th Edition and is published by Macmillan Reference USA.

He has done work in the area of educational and curriculum development and has co-developed three major curricula: “Decisions Near the End of Life” (Education Development Center, 1989-96); “New Choices, New Responsibilities: Ethical Issues in the Life Sciences” (The Hastings Center, 1990-1996) and “Ethics and Public Health: Model Curriculum” (Association of Schools of Public Health, 2003).

Mr. Jennings is active on numerous boards and in community service. He is an elected trustee of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and works on conservation and sustainability issues in the Hudson Valley. He currently serves as chair of the bioethics advisory committee of the March of Dimes. From 2003-2009 he served first as member and subsequently as Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has been a member of the boards of directors of several scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2000-2003) and the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (1997-2003).

A political scientist by training (Yale University B.A. 1971 and Princeton University M.A. 1973), he has written and edited 28 books and has published approximately 200 articles on ethics, political theory, and public policy issues. Among his recent books are The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life, Revised and Expanded Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2013), Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2007), and The Perversion of Autonomy: the Uses of Coercion and Constraints in a Liberal Society, (Georgetown University Press, 2003).

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